Teeth were meant to last a lifetime, but that is not always the case. At Brunswick Smiles Family Dentistry, we understand that there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary.
Extractions are a common dental procedure, but the difficulty of the procedure varies, depending on the case and patient. Extractions require the use of anesthesia, usually a local anesthetic, to numb the area and prevent discomfort during the treatment. Because of this, we take a conventional stance on tooth extraction, performing the procedure only when it is medically necessary to cure your problem and keep you smiling.
-Crowded mouth or supernumerary teeth: Orthodontists often align teeth using a variety of techniques such as braces and retainers. It may be impossible for them to do their jobs if there is overcrowding in your mouth due to the shape and size of your teeth. Similarly, some teeth cannot erupt because there is no more room in the mouth. Some patients may have supernumerary teeth, meaning too many teeth, which are not allowing other teeth to grow in.
– Severe tooth decay or infection: When tooth decay or damage extends to the center of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, an infection can occur. Many times, the infection can be cured with root canal therapy. If root canal therapy is insufficient, or if there is an infection that requires antibiotics, extraction may be necessary to limit and prevent the infection from spreading and causing damage to your overall health.
-Severe gum disease: Periodontal gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and provide the foundation for the teeth. If a patient’s gums are the cause of loose teeth, pulling that tooth may be required.
-Cosmetic Reasons: Fractured teeth, teeth that are beyond repair, and cosmetic purposes are reasons that a tooth may be pulled.
Regardless of the reasoning behind an extraction, Brunswick Smiles Family Dentistry in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, normally reserves extractions for cases in which no other treatment options are sufficient or available to cure the infection or problem.